Lord Over The Sabbath!


At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath Day. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the heads of grain and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw, they said to Him, Behold, your disciples do that which it is not lawful to do on the Sabbath Day. But He said to them, Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him, how he entered into the house of God and ate the showbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the Law that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are blameless? But I say to you that One greater than the temple is in this place. But if you had known what this is, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice," you would not have condemned those who are not guilty. For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.
And when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. And behold, a man having a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath? This so that they might accuse Him. And He said to them, What man among you will be, who will have one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not lay hold on it and lift it out? How much better is a man then than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do well on Sabbath Day. Then He said to the man, Stretch out your hand. And he stretched it out, and it was restored whole like the other. Then the Pharisees went out and held council against Him, as to how they might destroy Him. But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew Himself from there. And great crowds followed Him, and He healed them all. And He warned them that they not make Him known, so that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "Behold My Child whom I have chosen; My Beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased. I will put My Spirit on Him, and He shall declare judgment to the nations. He shall not strive, nor cry, nor shall any one hear His voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not quench a smoking wick, until He sends out judgment to victory. And in His name the nations shall trust." (Matt 12:1-21)

And they went into Capernaum. And immediately on the Sabbath Day, He entered into the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at His doctrine. For He taught them as one who had authority, and not like the scribes. And in their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, What is to us and to You, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know You, who You are, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be quiet, and come out of him. And the unclean spirit, convulsing him, and crying with a loud voice, he came out of him. They all were amazed, so as to question among themselves, saying, What is this? What new doctrine is this? For He even commands the unclean spirits with authority, and they obey Him.
And immediately His fame went out into all the Galilean neighborhood. And immediately after they had come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and at once they told Him about her. And He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. And instantly the fever left her, and she served them. And at evening, when the sun set, they brought all those who were diseased to Him, and those who had been demon-possessed. And all the city had gathered at the door. And He healed many who were sick of different diseases, and cast out many demons. And He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him. (Mark 1:21-34)

And He went out from there and came into His native-place. And His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath Day had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him, were astonished, saying, Where does this one get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to him, that even such mighty works are done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor, except in his native-place, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And He could do no work of power there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick ones, He healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. And He went around the villages, in a circuit, teaching. (Mark 6:1-6)

Sheep in the Ditch!

It is interesting that Messiah Yeshua referred to a sheep in the ditch, versus any other animal, because the logic would apply to all distressed animals. It is interesting because the sheep is also the animal Messiah Yeshua uses to describe His flock. Nonetheless, the Pharisees were lazy, soft-handed men who exploited YHVH to avoid laboring; they were after all, religionists.

They amassed mammon stores which allowed them become dominator's who lorded rules and laws over people, so they would have subjects and underlings. This is why the Jews, over centuries, buried the Ten Commandments under a Jewish mound of evermore laws; the 613 commandments (613 Mitzvah). From these, they could claim that Messiah Yeshua, and/or the Apostles, were breaking the law concerning Sabbath. Many Jews, to this day, do not (indeed, cannot) understand that all the law is summarized by (and fulfilled in) Messiah Yeshua, read in two statements:

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducee's, the Pharisees were gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked, tempting Him and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the Law? Jesus said to him: You shall Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; You shall Love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. Matt 22:34-40

You must teach people to have genuine Love, as well as a good conscience and true faith. There are some who have given up these for nothing but empty talk. They want to be teachers of the Law of Moses. But they don't know what they are talking about, even though they think they do. We know that the Law is good, if it is used in the right way. We also understand that it wasn't given to control people who please God, but to control lawbreakers, criminals, Godless people, and sinners. It is for wicked and evil people, and for murderers, who would even kill their own parents. The Law was written for people who are sexual perverts or who live as homosexuals or are kidnappers or liars or won't tell the truth in court. It is for anything else that opposes the correct teaching of the good news that the glorious and wonderful God has given me. 1Ti 1:5-11 (cev)

A day of rest; the Biblical Sabbath, is a weekly cessation from work, commonly observed, with varying definitions, among many of the world's religions, especially the Judeo-Christian faiths, but also used in various secular purposes (the dictionary's view). The Sabbath is sacred; it is holy: There's just too much scripture written about it to contend over it.

I have heard that the day does not matter, but if that is true, then why not worship on the Saturday Sabbath? Indeed, all YHVH's Elect know that all creation is sacred; that all humans washed by the blood of Messiah Yeshua are holy. I personally attend Sabbath Day Fellowship (worship), however, I do not think anyone will go to hell if they go on Sunday, or on Wednesday for that matter.

The calendar did not exist for much of humanity; the only timepiece was the seasons, the sun and the moon. All these things, YHVH created; humans created the calendar. To link a thing to the past requires accurate calendar keeping, and so, when we think of ancient history, we have to keep that in mind; that, without the calendar, humans did not know what day it was/is, only what season it was in the region they lived/traveled.

Sabbath is no different than baptism, communion, head-coverings in church or foot-washing. They are minor issues when compared to Salvation, and yet, why contend or divide over any of them? How much would it cost any of us, to worship on the Sabbath? How hard is it to get baptized, take communion, or wash each other's feet? How can a prayer head-covering be such a burden? People get caught up in minutia; indeed, they strain out the gnat but swallow the camel (Matt 23:23-26). This is a victory for the enemy of the Cross. Satan seeks to sift us as wheat, but why let him?

The idea of keeping one day per seven, holy; the Sabbath, was more about our duty to spend time in prayer, meditation and contemplation; time in, with, and about YHVH. Before the Industrialization (or prostitution and infection) of YHVH's creation, humans worked hard (labored by the sweat of the brow): The purpose of Sabbath, therefore, was to keep people from falling over dead, or becoming workaholics, and to remember the time to honor YHVH. When we become too legalistic about this, then we miss its intent entirely.

For me, it is better to err on the side of caution than to be in disobedience. It us better to live in grace, when it does not adversely affect Community. If the Sabbath Day is Saturday, and I honor and worship YHVH on that day, what harm am I doing? Am I not devoting a day a week unto YHVH? Is that not most important, even above the day? If it does not matter which day, then why is it such a big issue?

Simple: The Godless-religious do not have the Transforming epoch of the Indwelling Holy Spirit, who radically and profoundly changes our very existence upon Earth. The Godless-religious are without YHVH-in-them, and so, they are stuck in the dead legalism of Godless religion. In that (mental) state, they are still competitive little primates jockeying for position among the other chimps; therefore, picking sides and drawing lines is paramount to them, just as it is to all gang members. Adversarialism is a natural state to the Godless-religious, just as it is to the Atheist.

They are as children (tossed to and fro), wherein they believe in the "my dad can beat up your dad" kind of immaturity. They suffer from adversarialism and competitivism, as all primates do. Scripture is not used to change their lives; it is just another thing to contend over; to take sides over. Legalism is but the end-consequence of the Godless-religious, just like it was with the Pharisees (and Judaism) and the Jewish Ordinances. But we all must be careful not to make sweeping assumptions about what was of the Old Covenant, and of the New Covenant. Messiah Yeshua said that He did not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. There's nothing in the commandments, which overturns itself. I see no logic, not to host gatherings on Saturday; after all, what's the difference? Well, that is what this written word intends to answer.

This is that, which Yahweh has said: Tomorrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath to Yahweh. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil. And that which remains over, lay up for you to be kept until the morning. And they laid it up until the morning, as Moses said. And it did not stink, neither was there any worm in it. And Moses said: Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to Yahweh. Today you shall not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it happened some of the people went out on the seventh day in order to gather. And they did not find any. And Yahweh said to Moses, How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My Laws? See, because Yahweh has given you the Sabbath, therefore He gives you the bread of two days on the sixth day. Each one stay in his place. Let not any one go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day! Exo 16:23-30

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh your God. You shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger within your gates. For in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day, and sanctified it. Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long upon the land which Yahweh your God gives you. You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is your neighbor's. Exo 20:8-17

You shall keep the Sabbath therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone that defiles it shall surely be put to death. For whoever does any work in it, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done, but on the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to Yahweh. Whoever does any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Therefore the sons of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant. It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever. For in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed. | And Moses gathered all the congregation of the sons of Israel together and said to them: These are the words which Yahweh has commanded, to do them. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a Sabbath of rest to Yahweh. Whoever does work in it shall be put to death. You shall kindle no fire throughout your living places upon the Sabbath day. Exo 31:14-17, 35:1-3 (See also: Lev 23, 24, 25 )

Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy but to fulfill. For truly I say to you; till the heaven and the earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any way, pass from the Law until all is fulfilled. Therefore whoever shall relax one of these commandments, the least, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I say to you that unless your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of Heaven! Matt 5:17-20

Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For each one who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, if his son asks a loaf, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a snake? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him? Therefore all things, whatever you desire that men should do to you, do even so to them; for this is the Law and the Prophets! Matt 7:7-12

Master, which is the great commandment in the Law? Jesus said to him: You shall Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall Love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets! Matt 22:36-40

Sabbath: Ordinance or Commandment? Well, Both! or-di-nance (n) 1: Law or rule made by an authority, for example, a city government. 2: Something prescribed: something regularly done because it is formally prescribed, especially a religious ceremony, such as Holy Communion (formal) [14th century. Via Old French from, ultimately, Latin ordinare (see ordain).]
com-mand-ment (n): Divine proscription; a command from God, especially one of the Ten Commandments.
en-mi-ty (n): Hostility: the extreme ill will or hatred that exists between enemies trying to resolve age-old enmities [Via Old French enemistie from, ultimately, Latin inimicus "enemy" (see enemy)]

But now in Christ Jesus, you who were sometimes far off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain, one new man, so making peace. And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off and to them that were nigh. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Eph 2:13-18

Owe no man anything, but to Love one another: For he that Loves another has fulfilled the law. For this – You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not covet – If there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely: You shall Love your neighbor as yourself! Love works no ill to his neighbor, therefore Love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time; now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying {The definition of the westernized consumer lifestyle!}. But you; put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof! Rom 13:8-14

For, Brethren, you have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by Love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: You shall Love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you are not consumed one of another. This I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Gal 5:13-16

We see the same basic contentions and divisions in Protestantism as we did within all other Jewish religious movements; the adversarialism is so carnal and base, that without a genuine internal change, the Godless hominid will battle with and over scripture, until the end. The Jews and the Gentiles were separated by laws and ordinances, but Messiah Yeshua united all humanity; there is therefore now, no divisions originally caused by the Law of Moses (Gal 3; Col 2 & 3; Heb 9).

Messiah Yeshua came to fulfill the Law, via the Indwelling Holy Spirit. He had to first, make propitiation; the lamb that was slain for all mankind, made way for the wages of sin to be paid, in full, and for all time. Under that blood, I am clean, and being clean, YHVH can (and now does) inhabit my Soul. The Kingdom of YHVH is within me: Amen.

Most self-professing Christians are not spiritually Transformed; they're the prophesied Godless-religious, and the relational divisions we see among them are analogous to what Messiah Yeshua and the Apostles were witnessing back then. The carnal human suffers from adversarialism, competitivism and all the social posturing that comes with it. They're not free; they may have free will and the legal ability to select where they go or how they take mammon from other humans, but their bondage is their flesh; their body: They are slave to the self.

Consequently, they separate from one another, even because of YHVH and scripture and Love (as they recognize those entities). But in fact, the evidence of The Change is only in lifestyle; in Community; in obedience. The Sabbath is both a Mosaic Law and an Ordinance (Exodus 16 & 20 & 31 & 35 for starters): The study of Sabbath is extensive and simply cannot be done here: Sabbath is mentioned 172 times in the Protestant bible. There's more written about Sabbath Day than just about any other single Commandment.

For the Elect of YHVH, every day is holy; every day we worship. For those without the Indwelling Holy Spirit, eternal damnation is certain, no matter what day is selected. Messiah Yeshua worshiped and taught in the temple on the Sabbath; that's good enough for me: Why contend over a day? The idea that YHVH changed the day to Sunday, however, is not written (directly, indirectly, nor implied) in scripture; YHVH does not communicate in vague generalities, and so, if Messiah Yeshua wanted us to worship only on Sunday (the first day of the week; not the Sabbath day), the Word would say so clearly.

We are to keep the Sabbath holy; that is, we are not to prostitute our time of fellowship with YHVH and brethren, with all the evil that this world represents, namely money. This is why Paul instructed the churches to bring in donations to the church-fellowships on Sunday; not so to make that the new day that we worship YHVH, but on the day after Sabbath, so that, there is no business or labor being conducted; and certainly, no offering containers being passed before us during our time with and His Body.

Messiah Yeshua told the money-changers (as He flipped over their exchange tables) that they were defiling the temple; "The House of Prayer" on the Sabbath. They were bringing filthy lucre into a sacred place; this act offends YHVH (and thus all YHVH's children), but the Godless-religious look forward to receiving your money on their selective day of worship: That's why they're there!

The Sabbath is not just the day we corporately worship YHVH in a church building on Saturday. We are to worship daily; we are to pray without ceasing; we are to keep the Sabbath holy. Keeping the Sabbath holy is much like Communion or Baptism, it is not a requirement for salvation, but when our spiritual Conversion is real, then the Indwelling leads us and compels us to obey Him in all things.

Indeed, when your Love for YHVH is sincere, you will want to please Him, you will be excited to. Thus, we keep the Sabbath holy, as well as being Baptized and regular Communion (which includes a good ole foot-washing). The Godless-religious are much like the Godless ("the world" as Messiah Yeshua referenced), in that, they do not have an actual spiritual life; they do not have an intimate, personal relationship with YHVH. Religion is a performance that they display to others, as a means of gaining resources to avoid labor, for the which, we need the rest from. The lazy do not require rest, they need labor instead (employment or work is not the same as labor).

So The People Rested On The Seventh Day!

The other side of understanding Sabbath is to understand work – laboring – and the subsequent need for rest from such labor. As the Industrialization of YHVH's precious creation made life easier, the human followed along the path of least resistance; finding ways to not work. Of course, we today, have an entire socio-culture built via this labor-free economy.

However, YHVH did not will for us to go or follow that way. YHVH intended for us humans to remain simple upon this Earth; to work by the sweat of our brows; by the labor of our hands; and by the honor of our hearts, the things which are good (Gen 3:17-19; Eph 4:28). But then, YHVH knew that the Godless would always outnumber the Godly, and so, YHVH knew this outcome (with the Apostasy, the Apocalypse, and Armageddon as the signs of the Second Coming).

The Industrialization of Earth was the beginning of the end for humanity. As the end nears, fewer and fewer humans come to Messiah Yeshua, even though populations soar. The is part of the end-time plan/prophesy; it must happen, and like Judas Iscariot, those who serve Satan in order to bring about scriptures prophesies, are unaware of their participation, until the end of life; until they stand in Judgment (Matt 7:21-23).

The Iscariot Principle!

Satan operates (almost exclusively) through humans who "believe in Jesus Christ": It's called The Iscariot Principle! The worldly does not need to be manipulated, for they willingly step over the Cross of the Messiah and enter onto the Broadway. Satan works through the church-businesses to keep people from knowing Messiah Yeshua: Religion will deceive more Souls than anything else (study the wayside seed parable).

Therefore, as the number of Godless humans began to dominate the globe, these humans (the Godless and the Godless-religious) began to look at YHVH's precious Creation; Earth, and all that is in it, as a personal resource that will make them rich, which makes them powerful and dominating.

Chemicalizing Creation!

Therefore, these lazy Godless humans began to work together corporately, to find better (more advanced) ways of raping and plundering Earth. The end-result of this directive, was the Industrial Revolution; a revolution against YHVH. They killed some 10 billion animals, cut down a trillion trees, mined under the earth; took the natural world and manipulated it chemically, until today; we live in/with plutonium, pollution, resource depletion, climate change and so on. But this was all seen in advance by YHVH, who knew that humans would abandon Him, and seek their own ways; led by the whisperings of the prince of this world.

The Godless-religious joined up with the Godless, who came to the America's to plunder it for personal gain; to kill, to steal and to destroy. The Godless-religious believe that, just because churches were built and people spoke the name Jesus with their lips, that the USA is a Christian Nation, but this blasphemy and ignorance cannot enter the minds, nor exit the mouths, of the Elect of YHVH, this comes only from the Godless-religious of our time/culture.

The Elect of YHVH are not "proud" to be an American, we are all ashamed by the Godlessness that these Caucasian "Christians" (the Godless-religious) did to indigenous, YHVH created humans that were already here; and the land and the animals, all done in Jesus' name. In fact, pride of this sort, is anti-Christ; for God so Loved the world (humanity), that He sent His only begotten Son, to die for all humans of all colors everywhere.

YHVH owns the planet, and does not "bless" one portion of it over another; YHVH does not recognize human borders; YHVH does not inspire domination or plundering or patriotism. YHVH does not get involved in religions just because the name "Jesus Christ" (or any form of it) is associated with it. YHVH Indwells individual humans as they surrender this life (and its carnal-centric ways) to serve Him; no matter what piece of YHVH's land protruding out of YHVH's oceans they are born or live on.

Every division, contention and denomination is from the evil one. Everything is the property of YHVH; we of the Indwelling are His stewards. It is YHVH's; it is not my land or your land. The USA was designed, ruled and built by the Free Masons, and all the "big names" (in American History) of these "Arian Christians" were also Free Masons.

Organizing Religious Services Around Secular Society!

The Sabbath is like any other topic/issue over time; if it is not patently sinful or biblical, then we have liberty to compromise. This is how scripture is attenuated slowly over time; virtually unnoticed. The Transformed read scripture and just follow it. The Godless-religious follow the culture around them, and then make the bible fit that! The world is the core of their influence: They adapt their religion to fit their culture. The scripture does not imply that we're to oppose legalism by purposefully changing the Sabbath to Sunday. The reason why anyone attends church on Sunday is that they are enslaved to that tradition, disregarding the truth of the matter.

Many have criticized the Amish for going out of their way to "look" separated from the world, while living in other ways, quite "yoked" with the world. I agree; if our lifestyle is just a front to make a point, then it has its own reward. However, it is too difficult to fake being Amish when one's true desire is to live a worldly lifestyle, though I'm sure that some Amish have the wrong motives.

Even the Amish have succumbed to the traditions of men, for most of them take Sabbath on Sunday. Therefore, we are either conformed to/by our culture, or, we are recreation's in Messiah Yeshua (we are born-again), and the way people change their life radically, or not, becomes the fruit on the tree that Messiah Yeshua instructed us to look for (I.E: talk is a clanging cymbal, indeed.).

The Godless-religious look to the bible to help them to justify their thoughts and actions; the church-corporate to validate their presence and treat their damaged egos. They must satisfy 3 things first; their ego/emotions/pride, their belly/body/tongue, and, those who support them financially (materialistically). The modern-day materialistic Capitalist, who is employed by a local church, must then adapt this old religion to the new-age culture.

These Godless-religious, look to YHVH and the bible to make their Earthly life better; rather than to surrender their Earthly life to be bond-slave unto our Master and Lord. They do not want to be common people (like the Elect of YHVH is), they want to be popular and idolized; they want their culture to give them the thumbs-up. Therefore, they have debt; they have mortgages and other material sins that YHVH will judge them for.

Because they do not have the Indwelling Holy Spirit, they seek the things of this world, and go into debt as a way to keep up with others (within their culture) that they need and want to impress. Indeed, when we look at the Federal Government of the UnGodly States of Adversarialism we see this pathology (of competitivism and adversarialism) normalized.

Politicians actually campaign with slogans that openly proclaim (how and why) they oppose and combat with other Federal employees, over issues that are supposed to serve the taxpaying people. They are as children, only, they're made up of Lawyers and others who have socially magnified credentials, even though (fundamentally) they're emotionally immature.

Without an internal change, there is a need to absorb the external; without the living water provided by the Indwelling Holy Spirit, they need to get their resources; their self-worth and self-value, from the things of this world; from the worldly. They are mere primates; the children of darkness, even setting in the pews of the church-businesses. But we know who YHVH's Elect are, and who is not, by their Love, one for another, and by their complete disinterest in Satan's worldly things (temptations), represented in their lifestyles. But those who live in darkness are afraid because of the dark, but they're also oblivious to the evil that sets next to them.

All YHVH's Elect labor and build around nature as YHVH's stewards of Earth; we are given little to see what we will do with that, before we are given much; eternal life that is. YHVH gave us a short life to live upon a fragile planet, to see what we would do with that; to see if we can handle an eternity with YHVH's children. If we rape and plunder in this life, it is not possible for us to be whom YHVH wants us to be in eternity. Relationships, human to human, are the barometer of one's true spiritual condition. With God-in-us, we become Messiah Yeshua in the here and now; we become His legs and arms, His heart, His directives, and His lifestyle.

Messiah Yeshua would not have taught or sought the Industrialization of Earth; Messiah Yeshua would not seek to be a Pastoral star; Messiah Yeshua would not live the typical Capitalist lifestyle; Messiah Yeshua would not have any interest in anything most people spend their God-given resources and time, doing/buying. So why do humans live so far apart form where Messiah Yeshua is, and yet, still think they are Heaven-bound?

That's just how the evil one works; they are Matthew Seven Christians. Not only do they NOT believe that they're going to hell, they will be in (that) denial of going to hell, as they are in-route to hell; still trying to convince Messiah Yeshua of their religiosity while parading down the widened Broadway that leads to the eternal abyss of outer darkness.

Indeed, when the crowds got too big and pressed-in upon Messiah Yeshua, He got uncomfortable; He got stressed by the press. Conversely, the Pharisees, both then and now, liked the attention and the praise of/from the masses – they were/are stage seekers – they want to be seen of men. When the ego is not filled from within (via the Indwelling), it must get fed from without; the external, and thus, we have "The External Validation Syndrome". (A topic I expound upon elsewhere in my writings: I also refer to it as the look-at-me syndrome, or the acknowledge-my-importance mentality). In other words, people who do not have a personal relationship with YHVH, via the Indwelling Holy Spirit, must then supplement their existence with what's missing because of it.

This is the fruit-on-the-tree that Messiah Yeshua was referring to. We can see it plainly, if we know what fruit looks like; we can know it simply, once the Holy Spirit Illuminates Life unto us, via the Indwelling. Messiah Yeshua often said: those with an ear let him hear – that two people can hear the exact same thing, and yet, interpret it differently.

This is called spiritual discernment; a fruit of the Indwelling. Those who (deeply, intimately) know YHVH, via that Indwelling, just know: However, those without the Indwelling Holy Spirit; they can only know about a thing; they cannot become it! Without absolute Faith, the masses only have the limited brain to see and hear with (1Co 2:5-8; 2Co 10:3-7; James 2:5-10).

So what does this have to do with being a Sabbatarian? Everything, once you understand the need to change the Sabbath Day. Keep this one thing in mind no matter what: Those of the Indwelling work hard with their bodies, thus needing a day to rest from it. Just as fasting reminds us of the suffering from hunger that many humans endure for the lack of resources, thus giving us a sense of mercy and urgency in feeding them (Romans 5 & 8, 1 Corinthians 4& 12, 1 Thessalonians 3, Hebrews 13). The same is true with "the sweating of the brow" as one labors with his/her hands, providing food and shelter. YHVH (in Genesis) created the entire universe and all that is in it (then rested), we mortals could hardly compare.

To divide over which day to worship, reveals to YHVH and humanity, the need to isolate YHVH into a box we entitle with a day-name (Saturday/Sunday); it also reveals a sad level of pettiness. I for one, worship YHVH everyday just the same. I do not Love YHVH or worship YHVH more on the Sabbath, than I do any other day of the week. The clock and the calendar are meaningless to YHVH, as they will be meaningless in time-eternal.

Therefore, this entire discussion is the product of the simpleton mind, which is simple because it is in darkness; this is why we all need the Indwelling Holy Spirit to illuminate Life; that which transcends time and space and matter. Only the Indwelling can show us the word of YHVH, otherwise, it becomes a weapon and an excuse for the Godless-religious to maintain the (theological) justification for violating the Law of Love, as it should be witnessed in unity within the Elect of YHVH (Read John 17 daily; it IS the heart of Messiah Yeshua).

Our purpose here is to live as closely to that of our Lord, and let those who have no interest in living as we do, to be carried away with the dust that we shake from our feet. There are multitudes who will not accept Messiah Yeshua; they want the things of this world (all of it), the last thing they want to do is live a humble, simple existence.

The last thing they wish to do is labor and serve; they want to be fat, sedentary and have servant-slaves to serve them. They may not want to go to hell, but they are certainly not going to walk away from the pleasures of this life: they do not count the cost; the religions do not inform them of the cost of Discipleship, because they, too, profit from the financially successful in/of this world.

But the entire tithe/tax directive (in truth, a misdirect), is a directive from the evil one: The slice-takers are the source of (and the resource for) all evil; be it in religion, be it in politics. The Godless (and the Godless-religious) are lazy creatures who live in perpetual disobedience to YHVH; therefore, they justify taking monies and resources from other humans who labor for their sustenance with blood, sweat and tears: It is for those who labor and are heavy laden, that YHVH made the Sabbath, so that we may rest our weary bones. YHVH sentenced humans to toil the soil, as it were, but the cheaters will ever be with us.

Abandoning Sabbath as a Concession to the World!

You see, as time passed, Godlessness prevailed upon the earth; by the 1800's, only a small fraction of humanity belonged to Messiah Yeshua: Humans continuously sought the ways of the world; they fought for the freedom to live as they wish (a Godless life); they wanted to be free of the guilt being handed down constantly by the churches and its religionists. Once the freedoms of men began to apply to all, YHVH was forgotten (again.); likewise therefore, the freedom of religion lead to the spread of multitudes of religions, and Satan controlled them all, at one point.

As Godlessness prevailed, the seeking of wealth via the raping of Earth (and thus the move to the America's and the subsequent Industrial Revolution); lead to Sodom's doom; indeed, just as feminism lead to rampant promiscuity, the pill and then abortion in our own time/culture. YHVH gave freedom and volition to Adam and Eve, with the exception of one tree, and as human nature has it, they had to have that, too (and the weaker vessel is where Satan always begins).

This is (all) called "The Price of Freedom"; and sin is the price. You see, the Godless like freedom, that's why the Godless-religious support Militantism, Patriotism, Nationalism and so on; they participate with the rest of YHVH's creation, in conquer and containment; with economic inequality, dominion, bigotry and injustice: Iniquity.

Indeed, Messiah Yeshua was thought to be the God-sent freedom-fighter that was to miraculously deliver the Jews from the Roman Imperialists, but instead, He said for everyone to live just as the cards of life are dealt them; let the slave be a better slave, so that he/she may win their masters to the true Master. Messiah Yeshua was saying that this life means nothing to YHVH's children; we are pilgrims just passing through.

Whatever fate is handed to you, those of the Indwelling can serve YHVH in any situation (study the life of the Apostle Paul). But the Godless, and the Godless-religious, live only for this life, and therefore, they participate in the worlds ways; fighting, wars, land-bordering; economic inequality and domination (to mention a few).

Unfortunately, there are multitudes of humans that are Matthew Seven Christians; they will live religiously, but will perish eternally. There is no rebirth; no metamorphosis, just a self-belief that requires church attendance, otherwise, the inherited life goes on unchanged for them. Why? They are not of YHVH's Elect, they see religion and YHVH from the darkness of their own Soul, and as such, they see only this life; this life is all there is for them, and so they navigate herein, just the same as any animal does. Therefore they live to make this life the best it can be.

But the Indwelling gives us the Light of the universe; we know that this life is but a blink of time, a blip on the radar, if you will. Therefore, we do not really care about this life in the way that the Godless do, for it is their all-in-all, and they treat it as such, in all their ways. Heaven and God are mere concepts; wish fulfillment, not full-on realities to them. They seek the gods for a purpose-driven life here and now, rather than living this life in sacrifice for YHVH's purposes: They're not bond-servants to Messiah Yeshua, but they are slaves to corporeality (Satan's domain).

YHVH protects His servants, until their appointed time (to die); as long as we serve Messiah Yeshua volitionally, YHVH can use us, and as long as He can use us, He will make sure we can get there. The comfort and convenience of the course is of no consequence to those of the Indwelling; the honor is to serve Messiah Yeshua, period.

Sun Day!

It is appropriate for Catholics and Protestants to worship on Sunday; after all, they partake in religion – to begin with – to coax YHVH into giving them more in the here and now, and then, an eternity of bliss and abundance. But Heaven is not about this, though it is for them. They want the Kingdom of Heaven to be as they expect it to be: An extension of their earthly carnality and excess.

But stewardship is to be self-disciplined, and the Godless – as well as the Godless-religious – intend to eat too much; to copulate unabated; to live as they desire. Once there are too many mouths to feed, they pray to God for the rain and the sun, so they would have enough food to feed those mouths. They have no idea about Godly stewardship, for God is just another resource to the hominid clan. Therefore, the sun god was thought to be the supreme being who also made it rain. Thus, we have Sun Day worship. (the English word "Sunday" is derived from "Sol", the Roman god of the sun; the phrase "Dies Solis" = "day of the sun.")

Those of the Indwelling worship YHVH the same everyday; the calendar does not dictate Love, service or devotion. The Sabbath, therefore, is about those who labor (and honor YHVH in the doing), to rest from labor. Therefore, among the Godless-religious, the 1 day scheduled to worship YHVH, is whatever day that's most convenient to their materialistic shopping schedule: Those who want/need to spend the bulk of their existence toiling for Earthly things; things that YHVH never wants them to have in the first place; things to impress other humans and appease the ego, consequently. For those of the Indwelling; we labor with our hands for our base needs, thus, we do not go to the gym for exercise as a consequence of not laboring, or walking.

We do not have any desire whatsoever, to go into debt for a wood box (a house) or a metal box (a car); we live simple, we eat simple, and by living as an organism (rather than an organization) we can pool our labors to further reduce the need for Caesar's coinage. The Lord taught that the Father would provide for us, food, clothing and simple shelter, and that we desire only these things.

The rest of our (waking) lives are devoted to YHVH's word, prayer and meditation; to spiritual and emotional maturation; to be that witness-light to others, reflecting the life and Love of our Master and Lord; to seek out the Elect of YHVH, and begin a bond with them that will endure eternity. In that transformed state, our desires change radically.

We are not to do, is to find out what form of Godlessness motivates a Godless person, and then try to employ that into our faith. This is marketing; this is mere church-building; pew-filling; tithe-procuring (what Messiah Yeshua said of the Pharisees gaining proselytes): Behold, the fields are already ripe for harvest; pray for laborers (not pew warmers, who, in like manner, set on their ass for a living). "Being all things to all men, that we might win some", was not in reference to spiritual compromise; it was not a method of tricking someone into coming to our church, so that the tricked can be fleeced; so that the Pastor can feed them the Gospel, entertainingly.

Satan has only the material world to manipulate us with (and why he is called the god of this world), and so, if we desire anything herein, Satan owns us therein. We are to live daily, just like Messiah Yeshua and the Apostles lived, and, much like the American Amish living among the Godless Capitalists; however, most humans will have no interest in obeying the law of Love. This is where predestination comes into play; where the Elect will be separated from the doomed. If the worldly could not see YHVH within Messiah Yeshua, how can they see Messiah Yeshua within me? Well, as hard as it is to accept, Messiah Yeshua (Himself) answered that:

You did not choose Me: I chose you and sent you out to produce fruit; the kind of fruit that will last. Then, My Father will give you whatever you ask for in My name. So I command you to Love each other. If the people of this world hate you, just remember that they hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, its people would Love you. But you do not belong to the world. I have chosen you to leave the world behind, and that is why its people hate you. John 15:16-19 cev (Matt 20:16; 22:14)

Trapped in Tradition!

It is to the degree that each individual becomes convicted about a particular thing, that the individual then follow his/her own convictions on the matter. Many church-religions do not hold Communion; many more do not include foot-washing as an integral part of that Ordinance.

Therefore, until the individual is convicted about the issue of the Sabbath, they will likely not be any more convicted about Communion or any other devotion Ordinance: Most will continue to pick and choose between them, and remain in bondage to tradition. Still, I believe that grace is an even more important element in these issues.

In this case, I believe that there is a blend of obedience and grace; that, if you do not worship on the Sabbath, but on another day, that the Lord is gracious in this matter. The point is more than the day in which we gather together to worship the Lord corporately, because we worship the Lord, not in song, not in church attendance, but in keeping the Sabbath holy, no matter what else we do on that day.

We are not to become so legalistic that we divide over; that we de-nominate one another, just because our Fellowship differs in a day. This same basic idea of "grace in minutia", applies to one's diet, what cultural festivals and celebrations are shared, and so on. But excommunication and shunning are (at times) necessary, however, as with all Biblical directives, some people take them out of their context and meaning, just to demonstrate their power; just to satisfy their pride and ego (their rightness).

When we have surrendered unconditionally to the supreme and eternal Lordship of Messiah Yeshua, die to this life and are reborn, the subsequent Indwelling Holy Spirit (potentially) dominates our Soul; our Love (then) transcends all, and grace is its outcome. The Godless-religious are involved in religion, but only to fulfill their carnal (evil) needs for controlism, domination, dominion, and exploitation.

I don't celebrate Christmas, as do the materialistic consumerist capitalists, who use that celebration to increase profits and promote temptation; indeed, to normalize it! Of course, I once did partake, when I ignorant of the truth. I used to do and think and believe, just as the culture I was indoctrinated into (enculturated by), but YHVH now dwells within me; He brought light to my darkness and now I see.

I'd never want to indoctrinate children with a link between Messiah Yeshua and materialistic capitalistic consumerism; mass-consumerism is the fruit of (mass) spiritual vacuity. The fruit? We are conformed to our culture, or, we are transformed to/by our Redeemer.

Therefore, my participation in Christmas is limited to fellowship, shared meals, and the sharing of YHVH's word. I do not buy or receive gifts – as I was expected to as a child – indoctrinated into my culture. Without the internal light of Messiah Yeshua, those in darkness are drones and followers of their micro-experiences; their culture and traditions: The pride-conquered must abuse scripture to justify and validate their learned lifestyle, rather than their lifestyle altered to illuminate scripture.

Today, almost everyone celebrates Christmas, even Atheists. The need to (culturally) conform, is a powerful drive for those who have not (yet) been spiritually Transformed; this has always been the case, where human ego is in-play. The Indwelling yokes with our Soul, once that pride/ego is crushed; YHVH further compacts it.

Modern-day Easter is derived from two ancient traditions; one Judeo-Christian and the other Pagan. Christians and Pagans have celebrated death and resurrection themes following the Spring Equinox for millennia. Most religious historians believe that many elements of the Christian observance of Easter were derived from earlier Pagan celebrations. The equinox occurs each year on March 20, 21 or 22.

Both Neopagans and Christians continue to celebrate religious rituals linked to the equinox. Wiccans and other Neopagans usually hold their celebrations on the day or eve of the equinox. Western Christians celebrate Easter on the Sunday on or after the full moon that follows the nominal date of the Equinox – March 21st. The Eastern Orthodox churches follow a different calculation; their Easter celebration is often many weeks after the date selected by the Western churches.

The name Easter originated with the name of an ancient goddess: The Venerable Bede (672-735), a Christian scholar, first asserted in his treatise De Ratione Temporum, that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre) the great mother goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Wiccans and other modern-day Neopagans continue to celebrate the Spring Equinox as one of their 8 yearly Sabbats (holy days of celebration). Near the Mediterranean, this is a time of sprouting of the summer's crop; farther north it's the time for seeding. Their rituals at the Spring Equinox are related primarily to the fertility of the crops and to the balance of the day and night times.

Compliance for Acceptance!

I personally do not celebrate any pagan-born festivals, and yet, I don't think that those who do, are bad or evil or need to be excommunicated (though I believe they are misled by the desire to fit-in culturally). In other words, we can all agree on the most important elements of Messiah Yeshua Crucified, and leave minutia to the Lord; that's grace.

Those who volition to serve Him and be like Him, will listen and pray, and change their lifestyle according to obedience, and not because I said so. I am one voice; YHVH speaks to us from many sources, and I for one, pay attention and then ponder: Conversely, the pride-centric instantly contends and refutes and battles to protect and secure pre-set ideals. Since being wrong is worse than knowing truth, the Godless hominid will defend rightness, even over being righteous.

When we hold up our particular brand of religion, we are showing our own arrogance; that we were wise enough to select (and attend) the right church or denomination, and so we are right, and all the others are, well, lacking. But lifestyle itself, is the fruit: The tree is known by the fruit it bears. It is essential for Christians to focus on what Messiah Yeshua focuses on, and that we learn by a candid approach to the New Testament what those things are.

Beyond that, we should have much grace with one another, allowing room for differences in belief and practice if they do not disrupt the life of the Body. Most Anabaptists do not believe that Sunday is the new Sabbath, but that history is clear on the traditional Christian practice of worshiping on Sunday, or the Eighth Day as some of them called it, from the earliest times. This is something quite different from the modern Catholic idea, with which the Mennonites and Amish have largely concurred; that Sabbath was mysteriously moved to Sunday.

The Old Covenant Sabbath is fulfilled in Messiah Yeshua, who enables us to cease from our own works, not one day a week, but always and forever. YHVH created for six days, and then rested from the creation of the world – permanently. Thus, a day of rest followed by resuming work-as-usual was an incomplete reflection of YHVH's rest.

Only when Messiah Yeshua sent His Spirit to dwell in us, could we truly "enter into rest"; never to depart thereafter. Now, all we do is to be for, and through, and in Messiah Yeshua. We are imperfect, of course, and believe there are practical and health reasons for taking a weekly break from daily work, however sanctified that work might be, but many Anabaptist's do not teach/believe that this (alone) is Sabbath.

The Elect of YHVH are One: Therefore, those who are not united as one, are not saved (a death followed by a rebirth); they are not YHVH's Elect. The proof of the Indwelling is not found in correct minutia, but in Love and grace and long-suffering, concerning the Brethren, as we all reach for the perfection that manifests in an eternal unity (via community) that begins in the here and now, should you volition it to be so.

Therefore, our lifestyle and our daily choices, must be a reflection of what we believe Messiah Yeshua would do, so that the Godless, and the Godless-religious, will have the opportunity to see what it is to "live Christ on Earth". They may never follow, but they will at least have the model set before them; they will be without excuse. As for the Brethren, we have grace as the relational glue that allows each of us to be on different rungs of the ladder, as we each move closer to the likeness of Him.

YHVH's Elect hunger for unity (via Community), and purpose their/our lives to seeking out others who have also been transformed by YHVH as well. Messiah Yeshua is a bridge-builder (John 17); religion is a division-maker.

When researching the many translations that scripture has endured, this also stands out: Colossians 2 and the Sabbath! Modern translations are changing the meaning of Col 2:16-17. They have changed the words of scripture to fit their supposition that these texts indicate that the Sabbath is no longer important.

However, we need to be true to the original meaning of the Apostle's writings! Known for outlawing the keeping of the Saturday Sabbath and solemnifying Sunday as the Christian Sabbath in 364 A.D. (It's no coincidence that the Laodicean Church was referenced later in Revelations 3, as the Godless-religious; those who are "churched" but not spiritually Transformed)!

When we study certain views of Christian Eschatology and the Laodicean Era (or Age) alongside the Prophecies of Revelation, most Anabaptists (and others) can recognize, as did the early Seventh Day Adventists, that the seven churches of Revelation 2-3 represent seven eras spanning Pentecost and the Second Coming. The "Laodicean" (or lukewarm) period (Rev 3:14-22) represents the present era, which began (as some assume) in the 1840s (I personally believe it was the 1920's, but why quibble). Nonetheless; what happened to the SDA, was (and is) the same thing that happens to all adherents who get caught-up in the world; the magisterial hierarchy, Mammonism, paper-money economics, and finally, the incorporation of church (Christianity, LLC). Messiah Yeshua said:

And that sown into the thorns is this; he who hears the word, and the anxiety of this world and the deceit of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other: You cannot serve God and mammon!

Sabbath Day (John Calvin)
REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY TO KEEP IT HOLY. SIX DAYS SHALT THOU LABOR AND DO ALL THY WORK: BUT THE SEVENTH DAY IS THE SABBATH OF THE LORD THY GOD. IN IT THOU SHALT NOT DO ANY WORK!
The purport of the commandment is, that being dead to our own affections and works, we meditate on the kingdom of God, and in order to such meditation, have recourse to the means which he has appointed. But as this commandment stands in peculiar circumstances apart from the others, the mode of exposition must be somewhat different. Early Christian writers are wont to call it typical, as containing the external observance of a day which was abolished with the other types on the advent of Christ. This is indeed true; but it leaves the half of the matter untouched. Wherefore, we must look deeper for our exposition, and attend to three cases in which it appears to me that the observance of this commandment consists. First, under the rest of the seventh days the divine Lawgiver meant to furnish the people of Israel with a type of the spiritual rest by which believers were to cease from their own works, and allow God to work in them. Secondly he meant that there should be a stated day on which they should assemble to hear the Law, and perform religious rites, or which, at least, they should specially employ in meditating on his works, and be thereby trained to piety. Thirdly, he meant that servants, and those who lived under the authority of others, should be indulged with a day of rest, and thus have intermission from labor.
We are taught in many passages that this adumbration of spiritual rest held a primary place in the Sabbath. Indeed, there is no commandment the observance of which the Almighty more strictly enforces. When he would intimate by the Prophets that religion was entirely subverted, he complains that his Sabbaths were polluted, violated, not kept, not hallowed; as if, after it was neglected, there remained nothing in which he could be honored. The observance of it he eulogizes in the highest terms, and hence, among other divine privileges, the faithful set an extraordinary value on the revelation of the Sabbath. In Nehemiah, the Levites, in the public assembly, thus speak: "Thou madest known unto them thy holy Sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant." You see the singular honor which it holds among all the precepts of the Law. All this tends to celebrate the dignity of the mystery, which is most admirably expressed by Moses and Ezekiel. (Exo 31:13-15, 16-18). Ezekiel is still more full, but the sum of what he says amounts to this: that the Sabbath is a sign by which Israel might know that God is their sanctifier. If our sanctification consists in the mortification of our own will, the analogy between the external sign and the thing signified is most appropriate. We must rest entirely, in order that God may work in us; we must resign our own will, yield up our heart, and abandon all the lusts of the flesh. In short, we must desist from all the acts of our own mind, that God working in us, we may rest in Him, as the Apostle also teaches (Heb 3:13; 4:3, 4:9). (Book II; Chapter 8; Sec. 28 and 29 / General Interpretation of the 4th Commandment – The Sabbath Commandment as promise).

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